Srinagar, Sep 12: The State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here today under the chairmanship of Governor, Shri Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the creation of 400 posts of Veterinary Assistant Surgeons for appointment through JKPSC and 400 posts of Paravets for appointment through JKSSB in a phased manner in the Animal / Sheep Husbandry Department.
The SAC further asked the Animal & Sheep Husbandry Department to examine as to whether the recruitment against these newly created posts can be conducted on the basis of written tests only.
The creation of these posts will fulfill the long pending demand for regularization of Animal & Sheep Husbandry trial centres besides infusing fresh professional talent in the Department for maintaining health & welfare of animals, thereby, enhancing mutton, milk & poultry production in the State.
Approves subsidy for setting up of 10 Walnut Processing Units, 7 Nurseries in private sector
Srinagar, Sep 12: The State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here today under the chairmanship of Governor, Shri Satya Pal Malik approved the proposal of Horticulture Department for setting up of walnut processing units in the private sector through an enabled interest subvention scheme.
The objective is to increase the processing capacity of walnuts in the state. The adherence to scientific processing and grading practices shall fetch better returns in today’s competitive market.
The scheme will facilitate the interest subvention of 100% for a period of 5 years on a loan of Rs 1 crore availed for establishing of Walnut Processing Unit of 500 MTs capacity in Private sector. Ten (10) walnut processing units of 500 metric ton capacity each have been targeted under the scheme.
In another similar decision, the SAC approved setting up of the walnut nurseries in the private sector with an attractive interest subvention and subsidy support.
This scheme shall facilitate 50% subsidy, subject to a ceiling of Rs 7.50 lakh, for establishing a walnut nursery with high tech poly green house, costing Rs 15 lakh in private sector and 100% interest subvention on balance loan raised for the purpose, for a period of 05 years. Seven (7) walnut nurseries are targeted to be covered under the scheme during 2018-19.
The proposal aims to encourage private entrepreneurs for establishment of walnut nurseries for the production of grafted walnut plants which are having huge demand not only in the state but also in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand & North Eastern States. The availability of grafted walnut plants of the recommended varieties shall boost the production of walnuts in the State. This will also help in production of uniform produce.
Approves creation of 32 posts for strengthening Vigilance Cell in JK High Court
Srinagar, Sep 12: The State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here today under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the creation of 32 posts of various categories for strengthening of Vigilance Cell in the Jammu & Kashmir High Court.
The posts include 02 posts each of Registrar Inspection, Joint Registrar, 03 posts each of Assistant Registrar, Senior Scale Stenographer, Jr. Scale Stenographer, Head Assistant, Sr. Assistant and Jr. Assistant, 02 posts of Drivers and 08 posts of Orderlies.
Approves Shahpur Kandi Project Agreement
Srinagar, Sep 12: The State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here today under the chairmanship of Governor, Shri Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the ratification of the Shahpur Kandi Dam Project Agreement signed on 08th of September, 2018 at Srinagar between the Governments of J&K & Punjab.
After the completion of the Shahpur Kandi Barrage based on the revised safeguards for construction, the Jammu and Kashmir State will be provided full quantity of 1150 cusecs of water from river Ravi, within its total share of 0.69 MAF, benefiting farmers of Kathua and Samba Districts. Besides, State will also get 20% electricity from Shahpur Kandi Dam and Thein Dam Projects.
The project has been declared as a National Project and will be implemented by Government of Punjab without any financial liability to J&K. The other benefits of the project shall be as under:
I. Crest level will be maintained at the same level in respect of both the sides at a height of 398.40 Mtrs.
II.Concurrently, the Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS) will carry out a detailed study to assess the crest levels of head regulators so as to ensure that the mandated share of 1150 cusecs of water is available to the State of Jammu and Kashmir, which will be binding on both the States.
III.The project will continue to be implemented by the Government, of Punjab. However, there will be a tripartite team headed by Member, CWC and consisting of Chief Engineers of two States to monitor the project as and when required but at least once in three months to ensure that the construction is as per the Agreement.
IV.The balance costs on account of compensation (approximately Rs. 115 crore) for land acquisition in respect of Thein Dam, as per the agreement, will be paid by the Government of Punjab immediately, as per the orders of the relevant statutory authorities under the Land Acquisition Act.
V.In addition, jobs to the oustees will be given by the Government of Punjab as per the agreed R&R Policy of both the State Governments. Employment to remaining 861 displaced families shall be provided.
VI.The Government of Punjab will reiterate its commitment to construct the balance 2.3 km Ravi Canal and Siphon for the Kashmir Canal co-terminus with the construction of the Shahpur Kandi Dam. Accordingly, the Government, of Punjab shall fully fund the construction of 2.3 km of Ravi Canal and Siphon for Kashmir Canal.
VII. All claims and counter-claims of Government of Jammu & Kashmir and Government of Punjab on account of delayed implementation of Agreement of 1979, the delayed implementation of the Project shall be settled by way of arbitration in accordance with Clause 16 of the Agreement of 1979.
VIII. The Government of Jammu and Kashmir shall have the right of first refusal in respect of its entitled share of 20% power from Shahpur Kandi Dam at the CERC rates, the right to be exercised annually and in advance before the beginning of each year.
IX. The water supplies to both States of Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir, in the operation stage, will be under the Joint Steering and Supervision of a Committee consisting of representatives of CWC and the Governments of Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir.
APDP’s 2019 Calendar: An old plea in a new year: Where are our loved ones you took?
Srinagar, Jan 15: For the third straight year, the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) Tuesday released a calendar reiterating the forced disappearances of the thousands of people during the last three decades of political conflict in Kashmir.
A group of people, longing for their snatched loved ones, displayed the calendar at Srinagar’s Pratap Park; their silence asking the same questions they have been asking for years now: How long do we wait? Where is our kin? Are they dead? Can we, at least, get their bodies back?
The title page of the calendar bears a moving illustration by the noted sketch-artist, Suhail Naqshbandi: A female clad in red pheran, half of her face mournful and weary, the other half worn down to bare bones as she holds a photo of the disappeared person she has been longing for. A few shades of dark and grey that look like a cloud form the background.
Inside are 12 leaves, each carrying a sketch of the disappeared person, with a brief bio of the person–where, when and in what circumstances the person was taken.
Among the parents of the disappeared ones is Ali Mohammad Dar from Noorpora Magam.
His 18-year-old son, Ghulam Mohiuddin, was picked up by the government forces in 1991, never to return.
Dar says the calendar made him realize that he was not the only one who lost his son.“There are hundreds of parents like me,” said Dar, whose forehead was strapped with a bandage as he had recently met with an accident.
Chairperson APDP, Parveena Ahanger—whose own son is among the victims of forced disappearance––said that coming out with the calendar was an attempt to keep alive the stories of the missing ones.
“There have been so many disappearances in Kashmir that two calendars could not feature them all. We released the third one and will continue to feature all others too in the coming years,” she said.
Parveena said that APDP was planning to send the calendars out of Kashmir too, especially to the educational institutions, so that the people and students outside the valley know about the tragedies that have befallen the families of the disappeared.“It has been 29 years now since our loved ones disappeared. I ask both the government of Jammu and Kashmir, and India that if they deny our beloved ones’ disappearances then where are they? At least, handover their dead bodies if they aren’t alive!” a teary-eyed Parveena pled.
Asked about the inquiry by High Court and State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) regarding the disappearances, Ahanger said: “Court (referring to judiciary) only does ‘inquiry’ and avoids our cases by directing them to SHRC. When court, which is the highest authority, is not able to deliver justice, what can we expect from SHRC?”
Parveena said she did not trust the politicians who “claim to help but in reality are interested in gaining power”. “I trust my Lord. We APDP) will continue this movement till our last breath and will ensure that none from the younger generation suffers like we did.”
APDP is an organization that was begun as a one woman endeavour.
Parveena, who had lost her son in the ‘90s, strived to mobilise and provide support to other such families, who had lost their loved ones to enforced disappearances.
Her aim: to put pressure on the authorities to investigate the estimated 8000-10,000 cases of involuntary and enforced disappearances in Kashmir.
Rajouri set to become J&K’s first district to fully comply with JJA norms
RAJOURI, JAN 15: Rajouri will soon become the first district in the State to be fully complying with all the laid down provisions of Juvenile Justice Act (JJA) and having all the structures and institutions provided under the Act.
This was stated in a meeting chaired by Chairperson Selection Committee, Justice (Retd) Hasnain Masoodi which was also attended by District Development Commissioner Rajouri, Aijaz Asad.
The Child Welfare Committee, Juvenile Justice Board, District Child Protection Unit and the Special Juvenile Police Unit are already in place in the district.
The district is in process of setting up Village Level Child Protection Committees (VLCPCs) and Block Level Child Protection Committees (BLCPCs) in accordance with rules/guidelines by February 15, 2019.
The setting up of VLCPCs and BLCPCs will give the necessary impetus to full implementation of Juvenile Justice Act in the district. It has been already announced that an effort would be made to have VLCPCs and BLCPCs in place in the State by March 31, 2019.
MD ICPS G A Sofi, SMD and Member Secretary ICPS would coordinate with District Administration and oversee the creation of proposed structures.
Meanwhile, Justice Masoodi accompanied by Members SCOC– Rajiv Khajuria, Dr. Rouf — and ICPS officers on a day-long visit to Rajouri, inaugurated two-day capacity building workshop for the Juvenile Justice stakeholders in collaboration with ‘Save the Children’.
Earlier, the meeting decided to explore the possibility of shifting CCI (Girls)/Nariniketan from the present rented building to any other suitable place. The meeting was informed that the District administration has already identified a plot of land measuring 15 kanal at Rajouri for construction of CCI for Girls which will be replete with all modern facilities.
Chairperson CWC Mohammad Iqbal Shawl was asked to coordinate with District Administration for prompt possession of identified land for CCI construction.
Congress will give top priority to trade, commerce and tourism: Mir
Jammu, Jan 15 : While speaking in a programme of Trade, Commerce & Tourism wing of Congress to access the difficulties, problems and ground realities of the people of this line ,which was participated by the representatives of that wing from the whole J&K state, G A Mir President PradeshCongress Committee who was Chief Guest on the occasion besides congratulating Rakesh Wazir for his new assignment as head of this wing of Congress for J&K State said that Trade, Commerce & Tourism would be the top priority of Congress if it comes to power in the next elections.
He said that Youth of the Country and J&K state in particular want employment and that cannot be generated until unless we focus our all energies for the revival of Trade, Commerce and more particularly the Tourism in our state which provides maximum job opportunities to the people of our state and which had got neglected miserably in the previous regime of BJP-PDP combine which in fact had no policy or concrete thinking with regard to that and this could be judged from the fact that Tourists which were there at its peak in J&K in 2012 when Congress led government was there in power in the state reached to the lowest level in last six years in 2017 when BJP-PDP government was in power and this downward trend is going on like that and as a result most of the people of the state became un employed and are now running for their survival.
He said that people of the state want jobs and not mere slogans and since the things were not tackled properly as a result leaving aside new jobs even the people who were working became un employed and thus it is very important that a concrete policy for the revival of Tourism which is decreasing with every passing day and as such revival of Industry, Trade & Commerce besides Tourism in the state is the need of hour which are major job providers in the state and can act as major source of livelihood of the people of the state.
Rakesh Wazir President Trade,Commerce & Tourism wing of Congress while speaking on the occasion besides thanking the organization for giving the responsibility of heading such an important wing of the party said that he will leave no stone un turned for the upliftment of Trade, Commerce & Tourism of the state because these are the back bones of economy and employment of any state and until unless focused approach is not adopted towards this sector employment cannot be generated and more particularly when state is passing through a turmoil and condition & situation of the state is becoming from bad to worse as for as arrival of Tourists, and coming of new industries and trade is concerned and thus consolidated approach towards these sectors with the help of all can only bring the things on track.
He further said that very soon with the active guidance, help and approval of the leadership this wing after having full state body, will have organization at district and then up to every small or big town or village level so that ways and means of employment are generated at every nook and corner of the state and proper policy and programme is chalked out with rightful and clear aim in mind.